The Black Crowes Kick Off ‘Happiness Bastards’ Tour In Nashville

Following a couple of intimate warm-up shows, the Black Crowes finally kicked off theirHappiness Bastards tour in style.

The opening night of the new tour was Tuesday at the legendary Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, and there was a little something in the set list for everyone.

The Black Crowes covered a lot of ground during the 17-song set, including playing several tracks from Happiness Bastards, their first studio album in 15 years: “Bedside Manners,” “Rats and Clowns,” “Flesh Wound,” “Wanting and Waiting,” “Cross Your Fingers” and “Wilted Rose.”

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Before they started “Wilted Rose,” Chris Robinson brought out Lainey Wilson to join him onstage; Wilson is also featured on the studio track of “Wilted Rose.” After wrapping that up, she stuck around to help out with one more tune, the classic “She Talks to Angels.”

Two of the many highlights of the night included a couple of raucous performances of beloved tracks from 1992’sThe Southern Harmony and Musical Companion, “Morning Song” and “Thorn In My Pride.”

Surprisingly, songs fromAmoricawere nowhere to be found in the setlist, but the Black Crowes did pull out a couple of surprises, including “I Ain’t Hiding” fromBefore the Frost…Until the Freezeand “Kickin’ My Heart Around” fromBy Your Side.

When Rich Robinson joined Chuck Armstrong onLoudwire Nights recently, he told Armstrong about “Kickin’ My Heart Around,” “I think it’s one of those that I always forget about. I’m like, ‘Oh, this is great to play,’ you know what I mean?”

The night wrapped up with an explosive cover of the Velvet Underground’s “White Light/White Heat,” and it’s worth noting the Black Crowes looked to David Bowie’s version of the song for their own inspiration.

You can see the full set list from the opening night below.

The Black Crowes, April 2, 2024, Nashville
1. “Bedside Manners”
2. “Rats and Clowns”
3. “Twice as Hard”
4. “My Morning Song”
5. “Cross Your Fingers”
6. “Wanting and Waiting”
7. “Hard to Handle”
8. “Kickin’ My Heart Around”
9. “Wilted Rose” (featuring Lainey Wilson)
10. “She Talks to Angels (featuring Lainey Wilson)
11. “I Ain’t Hiding”
12. “Flesh Wound”
13. “Sting Me”
14. “Thorn In My Pride”
15. “Jealous Again”
16. “Remedy”

Encore
17. “White Light/White Heat”

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Gallery Credit: Michael Gallucci


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